Suspect killed by JSO officer during traffic stop

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A JSO officer shot and killed a suspect following struggle during a traffic stop on the Westside, authorities said.

The incident was one of two police involved shootings being investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday night.

JSO spoke about the Westside incident late Monday night. It happened near the Gate gas station in the 7000 block of 103rd Street around 8 p.m.

The deadly confrontation began on Interstate 295 when first year patrol officer Cecil Grant noticed a gold Buick with a male and female passenger that was driving with an expired tag. Grant stopped the car on 103rd Street. During the stop, JSO says, Leonardo Marquette Little, 33, gave the officer multiple names and birthdays that proved to be fake.

After a quick investigation, the officer was able to find out who Little was and found he was driving with a suspended license. As Grant pulled Little out of the car to place him under arrest, Littlet allegedly made a quick move as he was being cuffed. Grant was able to place one hand cuff on the suspect's wrist, but when he went to place second hand cuff on the other wrist Little allegedly started throwing punches and took off, according to JSO.

The officer chased him down and used a TASER, the jolt sent Little to the ground, JSO says. But a second and third shock from the TASER had no affect on the rather large suspect. When Grant tried to get close to the suspect to subdue him again, the Little allegedly took his TASER, pointed it at him and began to charge, JSO said.

That's when officer Grant pulled out his gun and fired two shots, JSO said. Little was hit once and was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to JSO, there were no injuries to the officer.

JSO says Little's girlfriend was in the car during the entire ordeal and is cooperating with investigators.

Officer Grant, 28, joined the sheriff's office this spring. He is on leave with this shooting being his first.


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